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Norman Police: Affidavit Reveals Toddler's Injuries, Step-Father Changes Story

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Friday afternoon, News 9 obtained the probable cause affidavit outlining the Norman Police Department's case against a man accused of killing his stepdaughter.

The document itself is only a page and a half.  And it lays out what police think happened to the 2-year-old little girl. And though a lot of it matches up with what Tyler Young's mother told News 9 on Thursday, a crucial part of it does not.

“I want people to know that my son was the best father he could have been,” said Tammy Young, the day after her son was arrested. “He loved this little girl with all of his heart with everything inside of him he never raised his voice to her he never said an unkind word to her.”

Young, 24, is currently being held for first-degree murder in the death of his 2-year-old stepdaughter Elizabeth. He is being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center without bond, but is yet to be formally arraigned or charged.

“He never referred to her as anything but his daughter,” said Tammy.

Tammy says Elizabeth spent all day Saturday with their family, and she remembers the little girl was coughing and seemed tired but was otherwise alright. She says her son took her to Wal-Mart and even bought her a puppy on Sunday.

The affidavit states when Elizabeth arrived to Norman Regional Hospital on Sunday she had "internal bleeding" that medical staff was attempting to stabilize.

8/7/2015 Related Story: Affidavit: Norman Child Suffered Internal Injuries, Trauma Before She Died

It states that when police made contact with Tyler and the baby's mother in the hospital waiting room, he told them he had been out with her at the local Wal-Mart, and wanted to give her a shower prior to putting her down for a nap at their apartment. He stated that he stood her up in the bathtub facing the shower head.

Tyler stated it was there that he saw her fall forward and that it was a heavy fall. That's when he called his wife the baby's mother. It states he then called 911 and started CPR. The affidavit states the ME doctors found two bruises on the back of her scalp, and they appeared to be fresh, but ruled the main trauma was to the 2-year-old’s abdomen.

“If he hurt her when he gave her CPR he didn't mean to,” said Tammy. “He never would have done that. You know he was trying to save his baby. And he did bring her back and she said ‘Daddy, I [am] OK.’”

The affidavit states that according the Medical Examiner's office, the injuries on the abdomen were not consistent with CPR. And doctors at Children's hospital agreed that the little girl's injuries were not consistent with Tyler's story.

Police say at the jail, Tyler changed his story of how his stepdaughter received her injuries three different times, and ultimately ended up saying that she fell off of the kitchen counter. And when he attempted to catch her with his foot, he ended up kicking her in the abdomen.

Young says her son had a troubled criminal past due to an addiction to pain pills. She says he even spent the summer at a drug offender boot camp where he started a bible study and came back a changed man.

“And the judge who had sent him one year prior couldn't even believe he was the same guy, he was so changed, and so different,” said Tammy. “This was a beautiful baby who had a loving family.”

Today the family released the following statement in response to the affidavit:

“We are troubled by the allegations in the affidavit. But they are only allegations and we continue to request that Tyler be judged by facts and not allegations. Some of the allegations contained in the affidavit conflict with statements made by medical personnel in my presence. These conflicts between the allegations and my own personal observations from being physically present in the ER illustrate why we continue to ask the media and the public to allow the legal process to conclude and not judge Tyler based upon allegations. Tyler, along with the rest of us, continue to grieve over the loss of this precious child. I hope you can understand that I/we will no longer be available for comment as we grieve and allow the legal process to conclude.”

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says he anticipates charges will be filed Monday.

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